17.05.2009 - 24.05.2009 15 °C
We hope you're all doing swell!!
We had the best time in Scotland - sorry for not updating you all earlier - we struggled to find time to get on a computer whilst travelling around Scotland because we made a few friends, were always tired and were always managing to find something else to do (like explore!!)...
After arriving in Edinburgh on Sunday (17th May), we unpacked our stuff at the Castle Rock Hostel (highly recommended) and got ourselves ready for the free tour of Edinburgh operated by New Europe (they also do them in other major cities). We rocked up to the meeting point at 11am and went a' walking!! It was so great to hear of all the stories about Edinburgh and it's history, and to see all the main sites of the city. A few highlights of the tour were
- the story of the real jekyl & hyde
- the school that inspired hogwarts
- the princes st garden
- and of course, edinburgh castle - such an amazing castle. our hostel was right opposite it.
We did a 5 day tour of Scotland with MacBackpakers (a tour company) and it was brilliant! we were 2 out of a group of 29 taken across the Scottish Highlands by our tour guide Neil (top bloke!!). we saw lots of lochs, lots of mountains (bens), lots of castles! we also ate haggis! very yum - like deep fried spiced mince meat! just try not to think about what you're eating when you take a bite. ben and another brave guy, Kyle from New Zealand (top bloke) swam in lochness! crazy - it was so cold! we did a hike one day up Storr mountain - so gorgeous, the view was breathtaking. we saw many battlefields and heard many stories about the english vs. scotland. we saw a william wallace monument. we also saw the bridge that was used in harry potter as the hogwarts express!
we had lots of picnics by lochs, which was nice - especially when the sun came out. it didnt rain much, mainly the wind was just cold. we cooked dinner a couple of times in a group, which was fun! lots of mashed potato. some nights we went for a drink to the pub and listened to scottish folk music - and had a boogie, scottish style. one night we ate thai in a scottish pub - so random. a huge thai menu (like back in Melbourne) and all this scottish beer! everyone on the tour was really fun and friendly! we were really lucky to have Neil as our tour guide - eccentric and hilarious. he always had interesting and kooky stories to tell! he also wore a kilt. Ben misses Neil already.
the people in scotland were really friendly - although when they speak gaelic to you its insane, they sound like they're talking jibberish, so you just nod and smile.
so we had a great time in scotland! we're in moscow now - our first day here. we'll do a full entry with photos soon (once we get to st petersburg probably - in a few days, as the computer here in moscow wont let us upload them properly). so far we love russia! we'll have lots to tell soon, with more regular updates. it was just difficult on the tour to have computer access.
anyway, peace out homies! we hope you're all well and wonderful! we're off now to hunt out some russian cuisine! bring on the dumplings russian style!